Freedom From Fear – Refuge Retreat

Weekend Retreat at the Centre

Freedom From Fear
A Weekend Refuge Retreat in the City
with Gen Kelsang Zopa

Friday – Sunday, November 25 – 27, 2016
7pm Friday-12:30pm Sunday
Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC

Fear is present in all our lives. As long as we have irrational fear we are not free. But once we discover why we feel fear we learn that fear is baseless; there is – literally – nothing to be afraid of. Spiritual refuge means finding inner protection from our problems and fear by developing special insights and realizations.

On this retreat we have a perfect opportunity to discover and deepen our experience of refuge by connecting with Buddha’s blessings and receiving the encouragement of spiritual friends. Then we can quickly and easily make progress on the path to liberation and enlightenment. During retreat we temporarily withdraw from our usual routines and activities, and learn how to relax and develop peaceful, positive minds through meditation. This event will include instruction (teachings), guided meditations, and chanted prayers.


FRI Nov 25
6:30-7pm Open for Registration
7-8.30pm Introduction
SAT Nov 26
10-11am Session 1
11.30-12.30pm Session 2
12.30-2pm Lunch break
2 -3pm Session 3
3:30-4:30pm Session 4
SUN Nov 27
10-11am Session 1
11.30-12.30pm Session 2

Please arrive a few minutes early before each session begins.

Come join us !

Seating is on chairs or on cushions on the floor and no special clothing is required.

Cost: Full Retreat: $50 advance purchase / $60 at the door. Partial Retreat Rates and Discounts for Friends and Families and for Centre Supporters available. See the Cost & Registration Tab for more detail.

Tea and Snacks at breaks are included. Lunch is not included. There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighborhood for you to choose from.

NOTE: The Monday through Friday Post-Retreat Sessions have been Cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Opportunity to Continue the Retreat through the Week: On the Monday to Friday following this retreat there will be two Retreat Sessions per day with chanted prayers and meditation following the instructions and guidance from the weekend. All will be welcome. No charge. See the Post Retreat Tab for more specifics on timing.

Gen Kelsang Zopa is a modern Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment throughout Canada for over 20 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

AT THE DOOR: $60 whole retreat; $55 Sat & Sun; $35 Sat only; $25 Sunday Only, $10 Friday Only
Cash or Cheque please

Advance Registration will be available until 11 am on Thursday, Nov. 24 (the day before the event starts). Refunds, less a $5 processing fee per person, will be available until 3 pm on Thursday, Nov. 24.

FIRST PERSON: $50 whole retreat; $45 Sat&Sun only; $25 Sat only
2nd OR 3rd PERSON on SAME REGISTRATION: $40 whole retreat; $35 Sat&Sun only; $20 Sat only
Retreat Registration

FIRST PERSON: $25 whole retreat; $20 Sat&Sun only; $12 Sat only
2nd Centre Supporter on SAME REGISTRATION $20 whole retreat; $15 Sat&Sun only; $10 Sat only
3rd Person on SAME REGISTRATION: $40 whole retreat; $35 Sat&Sun only; $15 Sat only
Centre Supporter Registration

Lunch is not included. There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighborhood for you to choose from.

We are a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
All class fees and donations are used to support the spiritual activities of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC

Located on Blanshard between Broughton and Courtney, just next to the Central Library with the parking garage underneath. Close to bus lines on Fort and Douglas.

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Bike Parking Information: There are 4 bike racks in the adjoining plaza area (near the library entrance) and 2 bike racks on the first garage level near the ticket booths (walk your bike down the garage ramp.)

Car Parking Information Map
We are near 2 City Parking Garages and the City On Street Parking rates are shown on the map below. Both are free after 6 pm and on Sundays. The first hour in the Parking Garages are free. Free on street parking is available for 1-2 hours on most of the unmarked streets (You only have to walk a couple of blocks). There are also Robbins and City run surface lots nearby with posted costs.
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Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
No. All are welcome. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend this day course?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life. The practice you will be learning will allow you to use the power of your imagination to bring healing to yourself and the world.

What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular; however, if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class?
No special clothing is required. We recommend wearing something comfortable.

What is the seating?
Seating is available on cushions with backs on the floor or on chairs.

Is food included?
Lunch is not included. There are several restaurants in the neighbourhood, or you can bring your own lunch.

I don’t have a credit card or I am not ready to commit, can I pay at the door?
Yes. The cost will be $60 whole retreat; $10 Fri only; $55 Sat&Sun only; $35 Sat only. Please bring cash or a cheque made out to Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.